Shelter of Hope awarded $500,000 state grant

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A rendering of the planned addition to house new dog kennels at the Humane Society of Yates County’s Shelter of Hope on State Route 14A. This is the view of the addition from the west, with the existing structure on the right.

The Humane Society of Yates County (HSYC) and their Shelter of Hope have been award a major grant of half a million dollars for improvements at the shelter that will improve the quality of life for the animals, and increase their chances of being adopted.

The HSYC is one of 12 shelters that have been awarded a grant from New York State’s Companion Animal Capital Fund. Competitive grants were awarded to shelters based on the need and readiness of the projects. 

The HSYC was granted the maximum award of $500,000 to support an expansion project for modern dog kennels, improving the quality of life for the dogs in their care.

“Moving the dogs to their own building will greatly reduce the stress on the cats staying at the shelter,” says HSYC Executive Director Bonnie Brewer. “This grant just changed the shelter forever. I am excited for the community to see our plans, and to be a continued part of the next 20 years!”

The HSYC’s Shelter of Hope was the first no-kill shelter in the community. HSYC is a not-for-profit organization that exists through the generosity of the community, receiving no government funds for day-to-day operations.  “Our core belief is that every dog and cat in our community needs a home where he or she is loved, nurtured, and respected.  We provide a safe haven for pets awaiting their forever home.”

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